Copyright © Nancy Aufiero. All rights reserved.
People tell me that I have an artist's eye for everything that I do. My belief, is that everyone sees the world from a different perspective and it is a choice whether we choose to listen to and then share our personal point of view.
If you are willing to experiment - and stay open to trying something new - who knows what can result!
My visual surroundings were always important to me. When I was a kid, I would put on puppet shows with handmade characters on my backporch for the neighborhood kids. (That's me in the blue shirt) I was constantly re-arranging my bedroom furniture. My parents always got hand-made cards for their birthdays. When I went to college I majored in Advertising/PR, but I studied photography during a semester abroad in England and still now love capturing great images.
I am pretty much a self taught artist.
My best, most fulfilling art experiences, happened with experimentation. I started playing around with faux finishing when I opened a home accessories shop in Montclair NJ. I faux finished on EVERYTHING! Walls, furniture, mantles - yep I was one of them. And I loved working large - it felt so expressive. Soon, something else captured my interest - I started experimenting with broken dish mosaic. My shop was filled with custom mosaic pieces. You could come in an order something to be made in whatever medium you wanted - tiles, dishes, colored stones, shells - whatever.
I bought my first house, and that house needed landscaping. So in my usual 'can do' fashion, I went off and got a certificate in horticulture from the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx. I absolutely LOVED garden design and it turned out that other people needed someone to plant them a garden that they could enjoy too. So, that's what I did. I designed and installed gardens all over Northern NJ. Big and small. I felt such gratification with the finished results, especially after a few years of growth. And of course, there were some mosaics slipped into the gardens. Once again I was inspired by the world to experiment with color, texture and shape.
Much of my work is inspired by my love affair with where I live- coastal New Jersey.
I am also a yoga teacher and for me, painting is meditation in motion.
My current inspiration for painting has been the NJ shore boardwalk. There is no place like it anywhere and I just love visiting all of them. Wildwood, Seaside, Point Pleasant, Ocean City and Asbury Park have some great ones. I have fond memories of being a kid at my aunt's hotel just blocks off the Seaside Heights boardwalk in the late 60's and being free to roam the boardwalk completely unsupervised and playing the wheels, skeeball, water balloon races and taking in the smells of sausage sandwiches sizzling on the boardwalk stands. So I'm working on some paintings of places like that.
Stay curious! You never know what can develop...
THE LOCALS -a collection of work by NJ Artists
Bungalounge @ Bungalow Hotel Long Branch NJ
MAY 10TH THROUGH JUNE 25th
Main Street Gallery - Manasquan NJ
Canterbury Art Show - Rumson, NJ
Labor Day Weekend
BUNGALOUNGE GALLERY, Long Branch NJ THE LOCALS May - June 2019 (curator & exhibitor)
MAIN STREET GALLERY, Manasquan NJ April 2019 to present
ART ALLIANCE MONMOUTH COUNTY, Red Bank NJ 32nd Annual Juried Exhibition - April 2019
MONMOUTH MUSEUM, Lincroft NJ (Juried) Members Miniatures - January - May 2019
GUILD OF CREATIVE ART, Shrewsbury NJ 26TH Annual Juried Show - October 2018
ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS ARTS COUNCIL, Atlantic Highlands NJ Juried Member Show - August 2018
ART ALLIANCE MONMOUTH COUNTY, Red Bank NJ 31ST Annual Juried Exhibition - April 2018
CANTERBURY ART SHOW, Rumson NJ Exhibition & Sale - September 2017
TENTH MUSE GALLERY, Maplewood NJ Ongoing Exhibit & Sale August 2017 - February 2018
BEAUREGARD GALLERY, Rumson NJ Holiday Show - December 2016
CANTERBURY ART SHOW, Rumson NJ (Juried) Exhibition and Sale - September 2015